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Additional funding

You may be entitled to additional financial support from the University or from other funding bodies depending on your circumstances.


Crowther Fund

If you are an OU honours graduate, you can apply for funding to the Crowther Fund. This fund can be used for payment towards fees or study related costs such as books or travel. The funding available is normally between £100 and £800 per student and very rarely more than £1000.

For further information email OU-crowther-fund@open.ac.uk or to apply, download the application form and guidance notes. The closing date for grant applications is in late February each year. The awards are made in May each year.

Beevers Fund

If you are an OU honours graduate, you can apply for funding to undertake research towards an OU higher degree from the Robert Beevers Memorial Fund. An award from this fund can be used for payment towards fees or study related costs such as books or travel. The funding available is normally between £100 and £1000 per student and is available for research related study.

The fund is administered via The Crowther Fund and for further information email OU-crowther-fund@open.ac.uk or to apply, download the application form and guidance notes. The closing date for award applications is in late February each year and the awards are made in May.

Dependants’ Fund

The University has established a scheme to help full-time students who have financial dependants. To be eligible, students need to have financial dependants, a household income of below £19,500 per annum and be resident in the UK. Information about the Dependants’ Fund is available from the Research Degrees Team. Phone +44 (0)1908 654882, or email.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (UK students only)

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are government grants for students in higher education who are obliged to incur additional study-related costs because of a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty.

DSAs are not means tested and are not dependent upon your income or any savings you may have. If you are eligible for a DSA it will not affect any state benefits you may be receiving.

You may still be eligible for a DSA if you are studying part-time.

To find out whether you are eligible, take our DSA eligibility quiz.

For information on where to apply, visit our Contacts for disabled enquirers webpage.

OUSET fund

The Open University’s Students Association has made a sum available from The Open University Students Educational Trust (OUSET) to provide financial support for directly supported postgraduate research students. The fund is available to full-time and part-time directly supported research students (who are not a member of OU staff in receipt of a fee waiver); who are experiencing unforeseen financial hardship.  While applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom, there is no citizenship restriction; UK and non-UK citizens are equally eligible to apply.  Further information can be found at the OUSET website.   

Your questions

For advice about applying for a research degree, or sponsoring a research student, send us an email or call +44 (0)1908 654882.